Twin-Charged Terror: Driving the Wild Lancia Delta S4 Stradale | Henry Catchpole – The Driver’s Seat

Visit us at– Henry Catchpole is back on his preferred topic: Rallying! Of all the WRC rally cars and trucks, the Lancia Delta S4 is the wildest, that makes the Stradale or street version really unique indeed. This one is presently for sale with Girardo & Co and it need to be among around 200 around. However it's not. Lancia was indicated to construct a number of hundred to please the guidelines of at the time, however somebody was plainly a bit lax with their counting as it's thought only around 70 or 80 were ever made. This is chassis number 033.

So, the is an unusual vehicle. It is likewise a ground-breaking one due to the fact that it is the first roadway automobile to utilize twin charging. As the name suggests, that means it has both a supercharger and a turbocharger on its 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine. The concept is that the supercharger helps with response lower down in the rev range, while the turbocharger looks after producing the big power once the exhaust gases are streaming. You may remember this type of engine from an earlier film on the Hagerty channel with the Kimera EVO37.

It's not just the engine that is various from a routine Delta either. In fact just the grille, windscreen and rear lights are shared parts. The bodywork is largely comprised of two substantial, spectacular clamshells, while the chassis below is a tubular area frame. Inside, however, the S4 is remarkably comfortable with excellent ergonomics, lots of soft Alcantara and seats by Zagato. To that level it's a world far from its competition equivalent …

The era of rallying is naturally understood for its wild automobiles, big crowds and awful accidents and the S4 Corse was actually main to the story. As we go over in this film, the S4 was maybe the most monstrous cars and truck of that duration. Henri Toivonen was probably its biggest exponent and with Sergio Cresto together with him they took some famous triumphes. Extremely regretfully it was also that crew's demise on Corsica in 1986 that would make sure completion of .

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  1. I hate we never got any of the Lancia greats here in the states. They made some batshit crazy but incredibly awesome cars. Love the uploads!!

    1. You guys actually got something really close to the 037, I think it was named Scorpio or something close to it.

    2. @@gymusen The mid-engined but comparatively very tame Beta Montecarlo was marketed as the Scorpion in the States. It resembled the 037 but that’s where any simiIarity ended. Is that the car you meant?

  2. Brilliant video as always Henry. The only thing that could have improved it would have been to include the clip of Walter Rohrl being asked if his Audi could keep up with Henris Lancia to which he answered “The Audi can keep up with the Lancia, I cannot keep up with Henri.”

    Of all the drivers whose careers have been cut tragically short Henri Toivonen is one of the greatest.

    1. @@lutherblissett9070 no. Walter once said that in terms of pure speed Henri was the only driver he felt was faster than him, so fast you expected to crash. Henri was like Walter said, an ‘all’ or nothing’ driver, but when he joined the S4 all the wrc felt he finally was ready to finally win the championship. In 1986 Henri was in a league of his own.

    1. The only actual one I can think of the the last Ford GT. People will point to the Yaris GR, but that was made afterwards and only because Toyota wanted to, not because they needed to in order to go racing. Maybe you could count the AM Valkyrie now that they’re actually taking it to the Hypercar class?

    2. @@nb7466 They’re told to think that way. If they were encouraged to buy a tamed racecar with number plates for an attainable price, they might worry about financing that instead. Witness the GR Yaris’s success (and yes they did _need_ to build it, to homologate the three-door bodyshell that didn’t previously exist).

    3. @@julianturberfield7101 There are many homologation “semi-specials”, like Huracan Evo with fake roof air intake that’s only there to be used in GT3 variant.

      GR Yaris is fully realised homologation special for WRC, that was required to “go racing”. It was build for “WRC” homologation rules and for competition, you could (and pretty much had to) swap out entire drivetrain, suspension etc. but you had to use production car chassis (not whole structure but most of bodyshell). GR has different structure (lower roof, 3 doors etc.) compared to regular Yaris, because it allowed more efficient aero on a rallycar. Sadly it didn’t compete because of covid and current Rally1 class cars don’t share anything except for vague looks with road going counterparts. BUT there’s Rally2 (previously R5) GR Yaris that’s using road car derived chassis and engine.

    4. ​@@julianturberfield7101they designed gr yaris with toyota wrc team, only reason thet car exists is rally, they even use that engine in rally2 car

  3. The World Rally Cars were pure terror in the early 80’s, before being shut down forever. Absolutely insane horse power

    1. ​@@gwefljits all relevant to what is happening in the sport, look at the current F1 cars, the 2003 Monza fastest lap was a 1:21, last years was a 1:25, the track is shorter today as well, the 2003 race also has the highest average speed recorded across the field with the entire field nearly averaging 250kph over the entire lap. So yeah its all relevant to wats happening in the sport, WRC has refined speed, F1 has removed speed from the equation entirely.

    2. @@gweflj Nearly 40 years of advancement in tire, turbo, suspension, drivetrain and engine management tech will do that for ya. Even the Group A cars were quicker than the unmanageable Group B monsters after a few years.

    3. @@dylansmit3883 Lot’s of great points made. I just get bored the the Group B mystic. The cornering speed etc was dire on those things. All they had was HP.

  4. This video is a beautiful tribute to a chapter of motoring history close to my heart, as I am an Italian car enthusiast hailing from Turin, Lancia’s birthplace. Regarding the number of cars built, the controversies and rumors stem from the fact that regulations stipulated that 200 road cars had to be built, but what the manufacturer did with them after scrutineering day wasn’t FISA’s business. I spoke years ago with an ex-Abarth employee who was there at the time, and he told me Lancia built all the cars it had to make but cut most of them up shortly after because they knew they would have had trouble selling them in the first place.

    1. Hello Matteo, it´s good to read something from you. I hope that more Videos coming up from you, i wish you all the best. Greetings from Germany

    2. Yes I remember reading a car magazine article in 1987, Lancia or Abarth had lines & lines of Delta S4’s they couldn’t sell. Was about 80 cars I seem to remember. There was a picture aswell.
      They were also ”yesterdays news” and ”old”.. Hard to understand if you’re not italian I think…

    3. As i said, Lancia did built all the 200 cars, not 70 or 80, but they simply were not fully assembled and completed the day of official’s verification.

  5. Very happy to see such a high quality video on the road version delta s4. Many videos about the Quattro, 205T16 and 5turbo, but only few about the also brilliant delta s4. Love it.

  6. It’s madness. How we can get the quality of this for free, here on YouTube. This is as good as anything that has come before it.
    Fantastic car, fantastic driver all presented by one of the best. Can’t wait for the Lancia Delta Integrale film. Easily one of the greatest cars ever built.

  7. Amazing video as always, love rally Delta, toivonen himself told a reporter that immense length and the subsequent fatigue from crazy horsepower were taking a toll on drivers

  8. I love the ultrawide aspect ratio of these videos, on top of the vibrant and beautiful locations the storytelling skills of Henry and his ability to communicate how a car feels and behaves all add up to something rather special, thank you to all those putting in their best work.

    1. Hagerty please stop spoiling our viewing experience by pushing in pop up ads continuously. Once its fine, multiple times – its spam.

    2. Henry what a lucky man. This was Eng. Claudio Lombardi’s masterpiece you should arrange an interview with him he retired close Alessandria, Piedmont, he’s been active in local politics he’s just written a book you’ll find a recent video here on YT

  9. Hagerty, Henry brings a new level of class and excellence to your channel. Whatever you do, don’t lose him!

  10. I remember being with my old man looking at one of these at a dealership in Brescia in the late 1990s, from memory it was around £25k equivalent, he was seriously considering it as a 6k mile a year car, in the end he went for an Alfa ES30 SZ which was the same money. The same garage also had several limited edition Integrales and a Maserati Shamal all for around £25k….happy days

  11. Another great video by Henry and Hagerty, can’t wait to see Jason, Henry and Randy collaboration ❤❤❤

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